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A “Fiery” Eclipse Saved Columbus From Starvation

Columbus and his crew were running out of options — so they turned their eyes to the sky.

Sean Kernan
5 min readMar 12, 2023

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A recreation of the types of ships Columbus used. (Via Wikimedia Commons)

June 25, 1503

Two large ships hobbled around the bend of St Ann’s Bay, Jamaica. One had a broken sail.

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